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Hi all,

I have recently started buying more and more toys to bolt to the Jeep. Currently I am running stock everything, apart from 33" tyres.

I have added a roof top tent, roof rack, and now a jetski. When I have all of this loaded up I am hitting the guards at highway speeds when there is a dip in the road, to the point where i have now broken the clips to hold the back right guard on. Without all of this loaded up, I have no issues.

My question, what is the best option here to add clearance? I do only very light off-roading a few times a year. I don't currently do any rock crawling or extreme trails (but not against it in the future).

Lift kits are obviously an option, however for the cost and also the effects it may have on daily driving (97% of driving is to an from work), I feel this may be overkill or may lead to poor on road performance.

Does anyone have any advice on the best way to go here?

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Realistically if a lift kit has been designed well, its not going to have any effect on keeping the tire out of the guard at full compression, unless up travel has been limited by extended bump stops (personally I think limiting up travel is a poor method for fixing clearance issues).


It will how ever give you a better load rating if you choose appropriate springs for the load you are carrying and keep the tires out of the guards for general use. You may find it handles better on road with a stiffer spring rate.
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Get flat flares. But you should consider new springs with heavier load ratings, which would normally be part of a lift kit..

Most average and above quality lift kits actually improve the handling and ride quality of the JK, but this is subjective to each owner.
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IF you are happy with the clearance, ride and handling for 97% of your driving on the OEM suspension, maybe consider fitting airbags into the rear springs.
Add air when loading up and/or towing to increase or maintain height, deflate to return to standard when DDing it.
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I know it's a little bit expensive, but trust me, it might solve your problems: https://rancho.com.au/jk-wrangler-suspension.html
My Jeep is a daily driver and I do a LOT of highway k's too. Off road work is not heavy, other than beach and camping tracks, but no rock climbing (yet anyway ). I also tow a 5m RIB weighing around 750kg. This setup gave me a smallish lift (only 40mm - under 2"), so no problems with steering configurations, highway speed handling etc. In actual fact, with the adjustable 9000 series shocks, I can stiffen it up for the highway so it handles like a sports car (well almost), or when heading off road, soften it right up to improve handling over the rough stuff - and it really does work. Makes towing much better too.

I spoke to Rancho Aust about this kit as it's different to anything offered via the US Rancho sites. All other lift kits I could find were 50mm+ which I didn't want. They said they had spent lots of time matching springs and shocks to get the best result. I can only say I'm really pleased with it. Might be worth considering for your needs as they sound very similar to mine.

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Heavier duty springs to match the weight, check the ball weight of the trailer (single axles are often horribly setup)
If your getting springs go an inch or two higher (because why not)
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A decent 2" lift should solve your problem, this is something you probably should have looked into before fitting 33s. A decent kit will also improve your handling over the stock suspension.

If you want to stay at the stock height then I'd suggest installing flat flares like Xenons.

https://www.sbroffroad.com.au/Xenon-...-Fender-Flares
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Just remember that flat fenders will only help with tyre clearance and do nothing to actually fix your handling and ability to carry the extra weight of all your gear. If you are constantly having the tyres hit the flares and/or bump stops then your suspension is clearly not up to the job.

Another option for you is the US spec Rancho 2” sport lift with the 9000xl shocks (adjustable), Teraflex rear track bar bracket and lower front sport control arms. Get the lift from Quadratec (about AU$900 delivered) and the other pieces from SBR Off Road ($400).

For less than the Rancho Australia kit you will end up with a suspension system that has better geometry correction (roll centre and caster), is perfectly matched with your 33” tyres and able to be adjusted when your loaded and/or towing. You’ll be amazed at the difference in how your Jeep handles!!

Here’s a pic of mine with the kit installed to give you an idea of the clearance you’ll gain.

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Thanks guys I really appreciate the feedback. I am just so wary of these stories that once a lift kit has been installed, instant regret has followed.

I do need to do something about it, because its only one small pot hole away from being a disaster. I will post some photos tonight to show you the clearance issues once I have it loaded back up
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